UK Project Management Round Up



By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK




The clocks have gone forward once again so I guess it must be Spring here in UK. Looking out of my window, it does not seem much like it but I know it is Springtime because there is a rash of project-related conferences and exhibitions. Hopefully we will see some green shoots in the Project World. We are also in the throes of a general election campaign and many see this as a project. We also look at some developments at Sellafield and a project to design a shadowless skyscraper as well as some other interesting ideas for projects. This is also the season for the professional societies to move ahead with their programs.


As it is the end of the Parliamentary session and the end of this Parliament, there are lots of reports from various worthy Parliamentary Committees. One that caught my eye is from the National Audit Office (NAO) which looked at waste management at Sellafield. More precisely, the report noted that the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency (NDA), the people charged with looking after the clean-up of the UK’s legacy nuclear plants, including Sellafield. The NDA re-estimated the lifetime cost of cleaning up Sellafield at £53 billion. What was surprising about this is that a year ago, the estimate stood at £48 billion. So the life time costs have more than doubled since the 2010 estimate of £25 billion, as NDA have understood the nature of their projects, the risks involved and the nature of their sites.

All has not been sweetness and light at Sellafield as the contract of Nuclear £430 K, a cost described by Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), as ‘galling’ as it would have to be added to the tab picked up by the UK taxpayer. The PAC has criticized the NDA management of the clean-up, pointing out that the PAC had concluded over a year ago that NDA had not ‘demonstrated why NMP ownership of Sellafield provides good value for money’. PAC noted sourly that the NDA had only taken the decision to terminate the contract in January 2015.

Projects at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) have also been in the headlines this month as the Government considers whether to terminate the management contract of AWE Management, a consortium now made up of Serco who have many outsourcing problems in addition to this contract, Jacobs who bought BNFL’s share and Lockheed Martin. Who have interests in the Y-12 plant at Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the USA. The management contract was awarded in 2000 and was due to run for 10 years at a cost of £2.2 billion. Contract duration was extended to 25 years. So far, it is estimated that some £9 billion has been spent at Aldermaston.


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About the Author



Salisbury, UK


Miles Shepherd
is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses. Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia. His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair of the International Project Management Association (IPMA). He is currently Director of PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and the Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management. He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance. Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

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